Lessons To Be Learned In 49ers' heartbreaker in Green Bay

Niners show pride in gut-punch loss to packers

Tommy Call
October 15, 2018 - 10:07 pm

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Even though the 49ers are leaving Lambeau Field with a loss, things might not be as bad as they look. The defense bounced back and played with pride after an awful start, Marquise Goodwin looked dynamic again, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert looked like legit backfield duo and Shanahan was on the same page with Beathard for the first time in 2018. All positive signs for a team that’s season looks to be close to over.

Most importantly, The 49ers improved in almost every category after two putrid losses to the Cardinals and Chargers. They showed fight, something they didn’t do in Santa Clara last week.

A win in primetime vs. Rodgers and The Pack would have provided a jolt to this locker room, but in devastating defeat this team can learn a few lessons.

The Green Bay Packers went for it on fourth and goal down seven points with a little over seven minutes left in the game and the 49ers defense stood up giving the offense the ball back with a seven-point lead.

The 49ers offense was on fire heading into that drive, scoring on their last four possessions. A balance of a running attack that gashed Green Bay’s defense with passes taylor made for C.J. Beathard’s skillset charged the 49ers to a 30-23 lead in the fourth quarter.

All the positives went out the window for the next three drives. The run game didn’t get going, Shanahan leaned towards the pass and Beathard looked civilian for the first time all night.

After not having a three-and-out all game, the 49ers went three-and-out on their next two drives giving future hall of fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers two chances to tie the ball game.

Shanahan deterred from the run game late, Matt Breida didn’t touch the ball on the final drive. The 49ers had second and three from midfield, a one-yard rush would’ve been more beneficial than a incomplete pass. I understand wanting to be aggressive, but Shanahan waited a little to long. When the 49ers went three and out on back to back drives Shanahan was conservative, and when they needed yardage for a potential game winning kick he was aggressive. Shanahan rehashed the same demons that cost the Falcons Super Bowl LI.

Shanahan seemed visibly upset in the postgame press conference. He knew this game was there to win. This game should and will stick with Shanahan.

As for Beathard, he played one of the best games of his career. Looking sharp with deep throws to Marquise Goodwin. His offense gave him time and he trusted them to sit in the pocket. All good things you want to see from a young quarterback.

Beathard had a chance to match the mystique of Rodgers in his house. He had the opportunity to stick a dagger in Green Bay and walk away with a win in Lambeau Field versus Rodgers, not something many 49er quarterbacks can achieve.

On third and three when it was Beathard's moment against an all-out Green Bay blitz, Beathard lofted a long ball into the hands of Green Bay’s Kevin King giving Rodgers one last chance to comeback.

Regardless of the questionable play calling down the stretch, Rodgers had too many opportunities to do what he’s done time and time again— lead a comeback drive to gut punch the 49ers in their best performance of 2018.

The 49ers can look themselves in the mirror and know they took Rodgers to the wire without Jimmy Garoppolo and with a 1-5 record that’s something to be proud of.

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